As posted on UAV Coach (12 November 2020)
Written by: Zacc Dukowitz
Wildfires have been ravaging the west coast this year, with smoke from the fires blowing across the entire country, reaching all the way to the east coast.
Drones have been helping with efforts to fight these fires, primarily by providing aerial visual and thermal data on their progress.
But a research project out of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Research Laboratory has been researching a different way that drones can help contain wildfires.
Using UAVs, researchers have been studying wildfire meteorology to see if a drone might be the best tool for understanding atmospheric conditions during an active fire.